Pataki Says Memorial Is Paramount For WTC Site
New Governor George Pataki said Tuesday that erecting a memorial on the World Trade Center site takes priority over rebuilding commercial towers.
Speaking on NBC’s “Today,” the governor said ground zero has already become New York City’s most-visited landmark, so building a proper memorial for future visitors should be the primary concern for the site’s redevelopment.
“I truly believe generations from now, people will come to New York, come to America, and they're going to have to go to ground zero to pay their respects, to see the site of this horrible attack and display of courage that really has inspired the people of America,” the governor said. “So I think we have to do it right. The centerpiece has to be that memorial. Any commercial or financial considerations have to be secondary to making sure that that memorial is appropriate.”
Pataki’s opinion weighs heavily on the future of the site. He has appointed half of the members of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which oversees the rebuilding, and he, along with the governor of New Jersey, has oversight at the Port Authority, which owns the land. The governor also has control over some of the billions of dollars of federal aid that will be used to redevelop the 16-acre site.
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